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Truth and Falsehood: M.1A-1953

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Truth and Falsehood


Sculptor: Stevens, Alfred George




Bronze cast of one of the sketch models for the Wellington Monument in St Paul's Cathedral, London. Truth, with one foot pressed against the breast of Falsehood, is pulling out his endless tongue. His mask has been pushed up to reveal a brute's face, and his body ends in a coiling fishy tail. Black patina. On the side of the plinth is inscribed 'Alfred Stevens.No.1.'


History note: Sir Edmund Davis (brother-in-law to the testator); Mrs Constance Rea

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Constance Rea

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.0 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1953) by Rea, Constance


Late 19th-early 20th Century
After 1877 CE - Before 1914 CE


This bronze and its pendant, 'Valour and Cowardice' (M.1B-1953), were cast from a pair of plaster models purchased by the financier and art patron Edmund Davis in 1877 at the posthumous sale of Stevens' studio contents. Davis had them cast (date unknown) and later gave them to his sister-in-law, Mrs Constance Rea. The lifetime plaster models from which Davis had these bronzes cast are most likely those which he gave to Manchester City Art Gallery in 1914 (1914.60 - 'Valour and Cowardice' and 1914.61 - 'Truth and Falsehood').

School or Style

New Sculpture Movement

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 43.1 cm Height 57.8 cm Width 29.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, and patinated black

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Alfred Stevens.No.1.
  • Location: On the side of the plinth
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1A-1953
Primary reference Number: 12462
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1A_1953
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 12 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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